Paryaya is an important festival in
The Paryaya festival has a long history and it all began in 1298 AD, when Sri Madhvacharya appointed eight seers to propagate the Dwaita philosophy. The change in administration once in two years was initiated by Sri Vadiraja Theertha Swamiji in 1532.
The Paryaya festival falls on the fourth day after ‘Makar Sankranti’ in the even years of the English calendar.
Preparations for the Paryaya festival begin a year in advance. The next appointed Swamiji undertakes a pilgrimage to important holy places in
In 2008, there is a major ‘Paryaya Peetha’ controversy with seven of the Ashta Mutts opposing Puttige seer Sugendra Theertha Swami ascending the peetha. The controversy is mainly due to the foreign travel undertaken by Sugendra swami. The Seers of Ashta Mutts are not supposed to travel abroad. An amicable solution is yet to be reached.
Update: Puthige Shri Sugunendratheertha Swamiji ascended the Sarvajnya Paryaya Peetha in the early hours of Friday January 18. But none of the Swamijis from the seven mutts participated in the ceremony.
As per tradition, Krishnapur Swamiji who was at the helm of Sarvajnya Paryaya Peetha had to handover the key of Sri Krishna Math. Due to the boycott, Puthige Swamiji ascended the Paryaya Peetha on his own.